From Freight Industry Times
quarterly multi-modal freight newspaper, April 2016
Responding to the publication of research by the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight (CSRF) recommending the introduction of larger, heavier lorries to reduce CO2 emissions from road freight, the Campaign for Better Transport has issued its own report which challenges a number of the CSRF's findings.
Campaign for Better Transport commissioned an independent researcher to examine the report's findings and found that:
Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at Campaign for Better Transport, said: "Reducing emissions from freight transport is key to addressing the UK's climate change targets, so it is extremely disappointing that this research advocates even bigger, heavier lorries which emit more carbon dioxide and impose even greater costs on the taxpayer.
"In order to reduce emissions from freight we need to get lorries off the road and start moving more freight by rail. We should also learn from the continent where distance-based charging systems and restrictions on what type of roads lorries can use have helped to reduce emissions significantly."
Campaign for Better Transport has written to the Climate Change Committee, which commissioned the research, to outline its concerns.